One way to offset some of the higher-priced products in your bathroom cabinets is by figuring out which kinds of products you don’t have to buy–because you can make them yourself right in your own kitchen. Here are a few recipes!
Stir 1 tablespoon finely ground coffee into 1/2 cup full-fat Greek yogurt with a squirt of lemon juice if you have oily skin or a tablespoon of coconut oil for dry skin. Then apply to your skin using a gentle, circular motion. Let dry and wash off!
Coffee grounds are an excellent exfoliate because they’re high in antioxidants and the caffeine reduces puffiness. Finely ground oatmeal is a gentle alternative; baking soda also works if you’re breaking out and need something a bit fore aggressive.
Lavender Salt Bath
Mix a few drops of lavender and chamomile essential oils into a cup of Epsom salts and sprinkle them in your bath for a lovely, relaxing soak. If you need more of a pick-me-up, try a mixture of ginger, peppermint, and lemon.
Vanilla Sugar Scrub
Mix 1 part olive oil (or coconut oil) and 2 parts sugar (raw cane sugar, brown sugar and sea salt are nice–or try a combination to achieve your scrubbiness) Then add a few drops of vanilla extract (you can also use your favorite essential oil) so it smells yummy. Slather this on in the shower to exfoliate all over, then–gently!–slough it off with a washcloth.
Essential Oil Chest Rub
Mix a couple of drops of eucalyptus, ginger, peppermint, and tea tree oil in with body balm or oil. Use this salve to relieve allergies or a cold by rubbing onto chest, back, under the nose and the bottoms of your feet–so soothing!
Calrifying Apple Cider Rinse
Mix 1 or 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a cup of water, then pour it over your hair in the shower, comb through, and rinse out. This is great for getting rid of buildup, and it makes your hair crazy soft. You can experiment with adding a few drops of an essential oil to balance out the vinegar smell or follow up with a pretty-smelling conditioning treatment. This rinse is best left for an around-the-house day when you don’t mind smelling a little saladlike until your next shampoo.
Avocado & Olive Oil Mask
Mash up 2 avocados with a cup of olive oil. Apply this just to the ends of your hair–not to the roots or you’ll be a grease ball! Wrap your hair in a towel or plastic bag and sit in the sun or under a hair dryer for 5 to 15 minutes; the heat will help all that moisturizing omega-3 fatty acid goodness penetrate more deeply. Rinse out (use cold water for extra shine) and your hair will be silky soft.